Publication

IEA Report Analyzes Efficiency Potential of Electric Motor-Driven Systems [viewed]

May 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report titled “Energy-Efficiency Policy Opportunities for Electric Motor-Driven Systems.” This report represents the first global analysis of energy consumption and energy efficiency potential of electric motor-driven systems (EMDS).

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FAO Releases Report on Mega-Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2011: At the International Wildland Fire Conference in Sun City, South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a preliminary report titled “Findings and Implications from a Coarse-Scale Global Assessment of Recent Selected Mega-Fires.” The report suggests that changing climate may be exacerbating the growing number of mega-fires and resulting in a positive feedback loop.

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Global Assessment Report Launched at Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

10 May 2011: Delegates from 175 governments and over 176 regional and national organizations convened on 10 May 2011 for the week-long Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by the UN Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN/ISDR). The Platform will focus on the links between the rising cost of disasters, how local communities adapt to climate change, and the status of poverty eradication efforts before the 2015 deadline set by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

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EU Joint Research Centre Annual Report Highlights Climate Science [viewed]

10 May 2011: The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has released its Annual Report for 2010, which provides an overview of the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the JRC's work carried out during 2010, including figures on staff, budget and publications.

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UNFCCC Publishes Further SB Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

9 May 2011: The UNFCCC has published documents for consideration by the 34th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA), which will take place from 6-16 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany.  

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IEA Report Highlights Synergies Between Renewables and Combined Heat and Power [viewed]

May 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report titled “Co-Generation and Renewables: Solutions for a Low-Carbon Energy Future,” which discusses using renewables together with combined heat and power (CHP) as a proven, cost-effective and energy-efficient solution for delivering electricity and heat.

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US, Canada and Mexico, and Federated States of Micronesia Propose HFCs Phase-down Under Montreal Protocol [viewed]

May 2011: The Ozone Secretariat has released documents in the lead up to the upcoming 31st Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) meeting, scheduled to convene in Bangkok, Thailand, in August 2011. The documents include a proposal from the US, Canada and Mexico, and one from the Federated States of Micronesia, to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol.

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UNECE Publishes Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards [viewed]

May 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published the “Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards 2011,” which contains a list of conventions, norms and standards that have been negotiated under the auspices of UNECE.

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UNECE Releases Report on Transport for Sustainable Development [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a report on sustainable transport in the UNECE region, which discusses, inter alia: the environmental sustainability of transport, focusing on consumption of non‐renewable energy; the emissions of harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases (GHGs); the generation of waste; and the reduction of natural habitat.

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IPCC Releases Summary of the Special Report on Renewable Energy [viewed]

9 May 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a Summary for Policy Makers of the “Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN).” The report was released on 9 May 2011, following its approval at the 11th Session of IPCC Working Group III in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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